Duncan to Congress: Giving States Flexibility is Working | ED.gov Blog | Eleanore’s Ramblings…

Duncan to Congress: Giving States Flexibility is Working | ED.gov Blog | Eleanore’s Ramblings….

Yes, this is a repost from another blog site, originally from the Department of Education blog site at http://ed.gov/blog.  This particular post caught my eye because it speaks to a more local level of control over appropriate educational programming, based on each state’s specific educational needs.  Through participation in the Common Core of Data (CCD) via the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES, at http://nces.ed.gov/ccd), the comparison of learned skills continues so that states monitor their students’ educational achievements against those of students in other states, but they do so differently than was originally proscribed by NCLB.  Unlike in NCLB which stressed a single test to measure progress across the nation, a program of how and what is taught and assessed is developed locally, by administrators and officials who know their population best.

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Five Hot Homework Tips for Parents | ED.gov Blog

Parents,

It is never too late to help your child learn good study habits. Homework, although sometimes a challenge, is part of the learning process and depends on a child practicing skills learned in the classroom. Studies have shown that homework and school grades go hand in hand. The more time quality time spent on homework, the better the grades. Note the emphasis on quality over quantity. Your child does not have to spend a lot of time for the homework to be effective; the child simply needs good study skills.

Check out “Homeroom“–the blog site for the U.S. Department of Education.  Explore more than this one post, though. There is a lot of good information that can help your child succeed with flying colors!

For additional information on parent engagement, take a look at this site, aptly named “Parent and Family Engagement.

Teachers, make sure your students know how, what, and where to study for optimal performance.  Practice of good study skills leads to faster learning and homework preparation. All kids want to learn to save time on their homework. Show them how.

Can’t do a direct link? Here are the URLs.

The Homework post:  http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/01/five-hot-homework-tips-for-parents/

Homeroom blog site:  http://www.ed.gov/blog/

Parent Engagement site:  http://www.ed.gov/parent-and-family-engagement

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High School Graduation Rates Rose in 2010

Great news was announced earlier this week: high school graduates rates rose to the highest point in almost 40 years.  Even more encouraging is that graduation rates among Hispanics jumped “almost 10 points since 2006,” according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  The information comes from a new report from NCES (the National Center of Education Statistics) on 2009-2010 graduation and dropout rates entered into the Common Core of Data.

Related information can be found on my other blog site, Eleanore’s Ramblings, in which two interesting reports from Jennifer Karan, executive director of the SAT program, are also addressed. These reports address college and career readiness and college readiness among incoming freshmen.

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